Remember these fireworks tips for a safe, happy 4th of July - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Remember these fireworks tips for a safe, happy 4th of July

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It's that time of year again - the time when red, white and blue takes over front porches, BBQ pits are pulled out, and fireworks go on sale. But even with the recent rain, Lubbock County officials are warning families to be safe when celebrating this Fourth of July.

"We are looking forward to a Fourth of July ourselves," West Carlisle Fire Captain Mike Kennon said. "Anytime during the sale of fireworks, our biggest concern, of course, is random fires we might have in the unincorporated areas."

Fireworks go on sale Monday, and Kennon says they're expecting families to shoot off fireworks as early as next weekend. so he wants to remind people just how dangerous fireworks can be.

"We have numerous EMS calls, and most of the time, it's people shooting off fireworks from their hands or unsupervised with children. It's unfortunate. Fourth of July should be a fun thing, and it can be a fun thing," he said.

In addition to the yearly EMS calls for injuries and burns, Kennon expects even more fire calls than last year.

"After 2011, we lost so much acreage to dry burning conditions we didn't really have any growth that could catch fire," Kennon said. "This year we've had some rain, we have some growth and so we could possibly have some issues. We just don't want people to get a false sense of security when they're using fireworks because everything is so green."

So to make sure your Fourth is filled with fun, Kennon suggests the following safety tips when shooting off fireworks:

  • Don't buy fireworks in brown paper packaging. They may have been made for professional displays and are dangerous to consumers.
  • Always have a water hose, bucket of water, wet towels or fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Do not hold lit fireworks, other than sparklers.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person, animal or vehicle.
  • Never shoot fireworks from metal or glass containers. The container may shatter, causing serious injury or death.
  • Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers or other fireworks.
  • The embers from sparklers are very hot and will burn the skin and fabrics.
  • Children under 12 should not use sparkers, they burn at 2,000 degrees
  • Make sure grass is cut near the area where you are shooting off fireworks
  • Be at least 300 feet from any homes, buildings or structures

Kennon also wants to remind everyone it is against the law to shoot off fireworks inside the Lubbock city limits and you will be fined if you are caught doing so.

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